Tom Karst

Articles By Tom Karst

Jan 18, 2020

UPDATED: Industry pioneer Frieda Rapoport Caplan dies

(UPDATED, Jan. 21) Produce industry pioneer Frieda Rapoport Caplan, 96, has died.

China trade
Jan 16, 2020

Promising trade gains, U.S. signs phase one trade agreement with China

The phase one trade agreement signed by the U.S. and China Jan. 15 will deliver potential trade gains for U.S. growers of potatoes, blueberries, avocados, and other crops.

Jan 15, 2020

USDA looks at imports of Japanese muskmelons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has prepared a pest risk assessment for imports of Japanese muskmelons.

China trade
Jan 02, 2020

China deal offers no immediate breakthrough for U.S. fruit exports

The U.S. and China will sign what is being called a “phase one” trade deal by mid-January.

Dec 30, 2019

Supplyshift online tool launches in February

The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) online calculator will take wing in February to help produce growers document and report on the sustainability practices they are using in their businesses.

Dec 23, 2019

USDA: Now is time to respond to specialties, organic surveys

Now is the time to respond to both the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties and the 2019 Organic Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

Dec 19, 2019

New survey shows blueberries are No. 1 recommended fruit

A survey of about 200 U.S.-based registered dietitians by the Folsom, Calif.-based U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council reveals that 86% of those polled said they recommend blueberries frequently or always.

Dec 19, 2019

USMCA easily clears House

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement with a vote of 385-41, setting up a vote in the Senate early next year.

Dec 08, 2019

USDA announces $23.5 million in grants for farmers markets, local food

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $23.5 million in grant funding awards through the Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program,